Thursday, August 17, 2017

Give an honest try to Praise and Thanksgiving.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever."

His mercy endures forever.  Absolutely true!

"Who led his people through the wilderness, for his mercy endures forever." (Psalm 136: 1 - 4).

What do you know about the power of praise and thanksgiving? Praise and Thanksgiving is probably religion's best kept secret of all times. Just a few of the things that Praise and Thanksgiving can do for you:
#1.  Banish depression.
#2.  Wipe out the threat of opioid.
#3.  Heal marriages.
#4.  Fill your soul with contentment.
#5.  Put joy and smile on your face.
#6.  Renews your youth like the eagle's.

The word of God Never underperforms. Why do people refuse to check it out completely and then share their honest testimony?

"Bless the Lord, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!Bless the Lord, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts."  (Psalm 103: 1 - 2).

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.

"Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’  Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan."  (Matthew 18: 26 - 27).

This servant certainly knew how to beg for relief. He knelt down and asked his Lord.  He knew something else for which we commend him.  He knew his master was compassionate and kindly.  How much do we know the Heart of Jesus?  The Sacred Heart waiting for us to come and to shower us with His forgiveness and love.

"Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan." (Matthew 18: 27).

Forgive the wasteful servant probably something like a million dollars?  If the master had forgiven 50% of the debt, he would be hailed as a most generous man.

"You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.  Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ (Matthew 18: 32 - 33).

Do not miss this very important phrase: "I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to." Asking for forgiveness is very important.

Look! This unforgiving servant is me and you. Consider how much God has forgiven us throughout our lives. Yet we bear all types of grudges. Lord have mercy!

Remember the ABC of Mercy?
A.  Ask for Mercy.
B.  Be Merciful.
C.  Completely trust Jesus for Mercy.

Do this and you will never have to fear this:
"So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”  (Matthew 18: 35).

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth.

"Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!"

If God fills your soul with fire, what would you do?

If God fills my soul with fire, I will
Shout joyfully to God; sing praise to the glory of his name; I will proclaim his glorious praise.
and say to God: “How tremendous are your deeds!”

I will say to you my brothers and sisters: Come and see the works of God, his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
I will urge you: Bless our God, you peoples; loudly sound his praise.

I will always remember: Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

I will shout like a crazy man: Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.

Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire.
(Adapted from Psalm 66)

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Her Feast Day O Most Blessed Virgin Mary on Solemnity of your Assumption.

 “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"  (Luke 1: 42 - 43).

Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist greeted Mary thus on the occasion of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth.

Today, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  The Church throughout the world celebrates and rejoices in Mary's prerogatives and privileges.  What Mary enjoys today shall be ours sooner or later.  Mary is "Mother of the Lord" to be sure. Let us remember that this title was first given to Mary by Elizabeth when she was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out as a prophet.  (Luke 1:  41-42).

The Church Fathers had seen Mary as the Woman of Revelation 12: 1.
"A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."

Mary did not seek her extraordinary privileges.  They were conferred by her Son Jesus the Christ for our sake. We rejoice in this truth.

Happy Feast Day O Most Blessed Mother.  Your Son Jesus Christ has made you our Queen, Mother and Teacher.  Your children will continue to love you Now and Forever!  Who dare say nay?

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

You too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.

"For the Lord, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes,  who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the resident alien, giving them food and clothing." (Deuteronomy 10: 17 - 18).

Who should you share your bread with?  The orphans, widows and immigrants.

"So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt."  (Deuteronomy 10: 19).

Whom should you not persecute?
Those you insult as illegal immigrants.

"The Lord, your God, shall you fear, and him shall you serve; to him hold fast and by his name shall you swear.  He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you those great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.  Seventy strong your ancestors went down to Egypt, and now the Lord, your God, has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven."  (Deuteronomy 10:  20 - 22).

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peter beginning to drown, cried out, Jesus save me!

"When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified."  (Matthew 14: 26).

The disciples were afraid to see Jesus walking on a violent sea as their boat was tossed about by the strong wind. In this state of confusion, they heard the familiar voice:
"“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  (Matthew 14: 27).

Now the real drama is about to start:
Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”   (Matthew 14: 28 - 30).

The Lord Jesus reveals here that He is Master of nature.  All things serve Him. (Psalm 119: 19).
Do you believe this?
Yes Lord, I believe. Increase my faith.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

I love You, O Lord, my strength.

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!  Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.  (Deuteronomy 6: 4 - 5).

What does it mean to love the LORD with all your heart? Like you love your wife, children or friends with all your heart?
No. There is an important difference. Your wife or your husband can never claim to be the First Person in your life. He or she will be claiming to be God who has made that claim already for Himself. This is why the Church teaches that we worship and honor God with with a special level of worship called LATRIA. But for saints and angels, we honor them with DULIA. LATRIA WORSHIP Or ADORATION is reserved for God alone.

We love God with all our heart when we love Him above all things in heaven and on earth. We prefer Him to everything in heaven and on earth.  Always and Everywhere.

"I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer." (Psalm 18: 2 - 3).

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Call upon Me at the time of need and I will answer you.

"I remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I remember your wonders of old.
And I meditate on your works;
your exploits I ponder."  (Psalm 77:  12 - 13 RM).

How often do you pause to remember and celebrate God's wonderful deeds in your life?
For example:
Your Baptism, Wedding.
Unexpected healing, Financial emancipation and  relief from Debt crisis.  And so forth and so on.

Why is remembering God's wonderful works in our life so powerful in lifting us up from despondency? We know that what happened before can happen again. The fire of hope is lighted. And we feel gratitude and love for the one who relieved us in the past at the moment of dire need. We are emboldened to ask for help in the present crisis. God's standing promise can be claimed: "Call upon me at the time of need and I will answer you."  (Psalm 50: 15) 

Satan being the father of lies and deception will give anything to cause us to forget God's merciful deeds.

The Holy Spirit causes us to remember God's wonderful deeds in our lives.  Ask Him every day to remind you.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Sow abundantly and reap likewise.

"Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."  (2 Corinthians 9: 6)

The Lord Jesus says that pagans and unbelievers are always thinking of what to eat and clothes. In order words, they are preoccupied with money all day long. (Cf Matthew 6: 31 - 32).

Consider sowing and reaping genuine riches not just money or material things:
If you sow Prayer, you reap peace and calmness.
If you sow the Word of God, you reap wisdom and discernment.
If you sow Eucharist, you reap intimacy with Jesus.
If you sow Reconciliation, you reap a clean conscience.
If you sow Examination of conscience, you reap purity of heart.
If you sow Ministry, you will be ministered to when in need.
If you sow Spiritual Reading, you will reap understanding and spiritual insight.

Sow! Sow! Sow!

"Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]."  (2 Corinthians 9: 7 AMP).

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

O woman, great is your faith!

"Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour."  (Matthew 15: 28).

Who is this woman of great faith?
"A Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.”  (Matthew 15: 21).

Wherever Jesus meets great faith, He is full of praise.  Is faith the secret missing ingredient in your life? It certainly appears to be so in my life.  I desire great faith. I pray for stupendous faith. And now, I leave the rest to God.

"She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured." (Matthew 9: 21 - 22)

Your faith can save you for Heaven, the ultimate goal and reward. And while here on earth, through your faith, you can taste Heaven even here on earth.

Since faith is a supernatural gift of God who encourages us to ask, seek, knock and we shall receive, find and enter, (Matthew 7:7)  let us approach the throne of grace with confidence to ask for this faith now and at every time of need.  (Hebrews 4: 16)

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Why, then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?

"Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses..... They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the Lord has spoken? Has he not spoken through us also?”  (Numbers 12: 1, 2).

There are all types of sins. But questioning God's authority is to be avoided at all cost. There are men and women in the Church today who question the authority of Jesus over His decision that the priesthood is a reserved ministry for men.  Is this attitude borne of culpable ignorance or presumption?

"And the Lord heard this.  Now the man Moses was very humble, more than anyone else on earth."  (Numbers 12: 2, 3)
Why, then, do you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?  And so the Lord’s wrath flared against them, and he departed."  (Numbers 12: 8-9).

Many of us will leap to defend ourselves. Why not allow God to defend us as He defended Moses.  This is the quality in the lives of saints that I admire the most. Take for example: The 35 Doctors of the Church, men and women had outrageous slander against each and every one of them. The crimes they were charged with were invariably sex or money. Even Mother St Teresa of Kolkata who was canonized about a year ago was accused of being greedy for money. This is a person whom everybody knows was as poor as a Church mouse. The attack was to make her quit begging for money for the poor. She did not fall for such trap.

Today is the Memorial of St Dominic, the holy founder of the Order of St Dominic, officially known as Order of Preachers. St Dominic had more than his fair share of all types of accusations inspired by the Satan.

St Dominic pray for us.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Because of food, the people were ready to rebel against God.

 “If only we had meat for food!  We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.  But now we are famished; we have nothing to look forward to but this manna.”  (Numbers 11:  4 - 6).

The journey to the Promised Land was a test of patience, endurance, faith, courage and humility for the Israelites. It was a very severe test. They failed. They lost their patience in spite of the fact that they still had the manna to eat. They looked back to former days in Egypt. They complained against God and Moses.

"He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your ancestors, so you might know that it is not by bread alone that people live, but by all that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD."  (Deuteronomy 8:3).

Abba Father, forgive us our grumbling, complaining and criticizing You.  Give us the humility, patience and gratitude we need to follow You in our life journey.  Amen.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

This is My beloved Son. Please listen to Him.

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  (Matthew 17: 5).

"The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." (John 10: 27)

Whose voices are competing with Christ's voices for our attention today?

Media, Family, Friends, Teachers, Parents?
Why do we listen to our parents?
Why do we listen to our teachers?
Why do we listen to our government?
Why don't we listen to our Bishops?

"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." (Matthew 17:5)

Thank you Father for pointing Jesus to us. Open our hearts to listen to the words of your Son. Move our wills to obey him. 

We listen to Jesus in the Scriptures. St. Jerome says that ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. We listen to Jesus especially as the Scriptures are proclaimed in the Eucharist. We also listen to Jesus in prayers.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary who bore the Son of the Eternal Father.

"All generations will call me blessed, for God has looked on his lowly handmaid."  (Luke 1: 48 RM).

Who is the subject in the above Scripture? The Blessed Virgin Mary on the occasion of her visit to her cousin Elizabeth.  She uttered through the Holy Spirit this prophecy which has proved true for every generation.  (Luke 1: 48).

As Jesus was busy ministering, a woman approached and blessed Jesus thus: Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.  (Cf Luke 11: 27)

On the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major,
the Church says:
"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb."  (Cf. Luke 1: 28, 42).

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the First Friday in August, 2017.

August 04, 2017 First Friday in August.

12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:  Jesus promised 12 special favors to all those who will honor His Sacred Heart especially on the First Friday of every month.  In the 8th month of the year, we look at Promise #8.

#8.  "Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection."

What do you think of the above Promise?  If this world is your stomach, you may be pitied if you think little of this Promise. (Cf Philippians 3: 19.)

But Jesus who knows exactly what we need, gave us 12 great promises to motivate us to strive for the Best.

Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, August 4th.

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Jesus performed few miracles in His home town because the people did not believe in Him.

"Because they did not have faith, he [Jesus] did not perform many miracles there. [Nazareth] (Matthew 13: 58 GNT).

No faith. No miracle.
Which is better? To have faith and enjoy all the good things God has in store for your life or to stubbornly stuck in your unbelief?

I would rather have faith and dwell in Your Sanctuary than to remain in the deep cold of faithless hopelessness.

What is faith brothers and sisters?
"To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.  It was by their faith that people of ancient times won God's approval."  (Hebrews 11: 1-2 GNT).

The people of Nazareth who knew Jesus as a home boy, knew His father and mother, knew all His relatives but allowed familiarity to breed contempt.  They refused to believe that He could perform any miracle.

For your faith to grow, pray and be nourished by the word of God every day.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

I had rather one day in Your Sanctuary than a thousand in Las Vegas.

"How lovely your dwelling,
O Lord of hosts!" (Psalm 84: 2).

In Exodus 40, Moses built the Dwelling Place of God, the Ark of the Covenant not haphazardly but strictly according to God's detailed instructions.  Solomon followed this pattern.  Cathedrals and the Churches are built not with cheap materials or in slipshod fashion but with deliberate purpose as  lovely Dwelling Places of God.

"Better one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere.
Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked."  (Psalm 84:  11). 

I love beautiful Churches and Cathedrals. I hope you do too.

"Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young–
Your altars, O LORD of hosts, my king and my God!" (Psalm 84: 4).

How come it that the tiny sparrows and swallows worth 5 for a penny chose the best place in the world (near the Altar of the Most High) to build their nests and lay their young ones?  You may call this pure divine instinct.

"My soul yearns and pines
for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and flesh cry out for the living God."  (Psalm 84: 3).

Have you experienced the pure Pearl of Great Price that is the Sanctuary of God?  Why deprive yourself of this ocean of peace and mercy that is available to all?

"Blessed are those who dwell in your house!
They never cease to praise you." (Psalm 84: 5).

As David writes this line, he heaved a sigh of envy at the priests whose duty is to minister in the Sanctuary of God day and night.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Jesus is the Pearl of Great Price.

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.  When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."  (Matthew 13: 45 - 46).

Are you the merchant searching for the pearl of great value.  What if you realize that Jesus is the Pearl.  Are you prepared to sell everything to follow Jesus?

Lord Jesus, may you equip me with a generous spirit and a courageous heart to respond to You fully.

"More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ"  (Philippians 3: 8)

Jesus Christ is the Good News.  The Good News is Jesus Christ.  He is the top price, the Pearl of extraordinary value.  The idols that compete with Christ Jesus - health, family, money, job, property/tools, food are all considered as dung compared to the genuine and priceless Pearl which is Christ Jesus. 

"O Lord, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot.  For me, the measuring lines have fallen on pleasant sites, fair to me indeed is my inheritance."  (Psalm 16: 5 - 6).

"And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life."  (Matthew 19: 29)

Lord, may we respond fully to Your extraordinary challenge. Amen.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy.

"So the Lord passed before him [Moses] and proclaimed: The Lord, the Lord, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity, continuing his love for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin."  (Exodus 34: 6 - 7).

"The Lord came down in a cloud and stood with him [Moses] there and proclaimed the name, “Lord.”  (Exodus 34: 5).

Why is it so important to God to reveal who He is to us?

God reveals Himself to us so that as we get to know Him better, we may come to love Him and trust that He really cares for us. (Cf 1 Peter 5: 7).

“Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.  I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.” 
(Exodus 34:6-7 NLT)

Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you this intimate knowledge of God.  This knowledge will make you happy beyond anything you can imagine.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

To know the Heart of Jesus intimately, to love Him passionately and to follow Him everywhere.

"At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  (Cf Philippians 2: 10 - 11 RM).

The Church honors today the memory of St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.  After his conversion, he attracted a group of like minded men. They wanted to form a group to serve God in a radical way. "What will you call this new body?"  "Society of Jesus."  This appeared too radical at the time. No other religious order or congregation for 1500 years had Jesus as part of its name.
St Ignatius and his companions wanted to be truly "companions of Jesus." Intimate friends of Jesus.

The Society of Jesus was a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds planted in 1540. Now it has grown into a giant tree. Jesuits work all over the world in all types of ministries.

"O God, who raised up Saint Ignatius of Loyola in your Church
to further the greater glory of your name, grant that by his help we may imitate him in fighting the good fight on earth and merit to receive with him a crown in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."  (Collect on the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola).

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ask something of Me and I will give it to you.

"We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."  (Romans 8: 28)
All things serve your plans, O Great God and Father!

"I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be hindered."  (Job 42: 2)

Our God is almighty.  Whatever He wills, He does, come what may.  Nothing can resist Him.
Father, I delight in the truth that all things serve you.  (Psalm 119: 91)
Nothing that concerns our purpose is too marvelous for God to do for us.  (Genesis 18: 14).

"I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth" (John 18: 37).

Jesus defined His purpose on earth as bearing testimony to the truth.

What is your purpose in life? Do you feel in your heart that you are destined, chosen, called and sealed with the Holy Spirit for this purpose?

"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

"The Lord will accomplish his purpose for me." (Psalm 138: 8).

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people."   (Ephesians 1: 17 - 18  NIV)

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Welcome Jesus to Martha's Vineyard!

"Jesus entered a village,
where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home."  (Cf Luke 10: 38 RM).

Today is the Memorial of St Martha, sister of Mary and one of the powerful women of the Bible.  After her is named Domus Sanctae Martha, or Casa Santa Martha, the Guest House in the Vatican where Pope Francis lives.

A week ago, the Church celebrated the feast of St Mary Magdalene. Let us consider the lives of two great women in the life of Jesus:  Jesus cast out seven demons from Mary Magdalene.  She was possibly a high class prostitute with considerable income.  She belonged to a group of women who traveled with Jesus and His apostles and provided financial support. (Luke 8: 2 - 3).
Mary Magdalene is distinguished in Christian history for being the first person to see Jesus after the Resurrection and the person sent by Jesus to take the message to the Apostles.

Martha on the other hand is renowned for her hospitality.  Whenever Jesus wanted to have a good meal with some wine and relax with friends, He headed to Casa Martha.  Martha's Vineyard was always a welcome home for Jesus and His Apostles.

"Almighty ever-living God,
whose Son was pleased to be welcomed in Saint Martha’s house as a guest, grant, we pray, that through her intercession,
serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters, we may merit to be received by you in the halls of heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever."  (Collect on the feast of St Martha).

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Commandments of the Lord are true, all of them just.

"In those days:
God delivered all these commandments:"  (Exodus 20: 1 RM).

We shall deal today with the 2nd Commandment:

"You shall not invoke the name of the Lord, your God, in vain. For the Lord will not leave unpunished anyone who invokes his name in vain."  (Exodus 20: 7).

A quiet examination of conscience:
Have I used God’s name in vain:  lightly or carelessly?  Have I been angry with God?  Have I wished evil upon another person?  Have I insulted a sacred person or abused a sacred object?  Did I curse or swear? Have I used foul language or jokes?

"The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple."  (Psalm 19: 8).

"Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance."  (Cf Luke 8: 15).

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When you use your talent, you will have more talent and grow rich.

"To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away."  (Matthew 13: 12).

Jesus is speaking here of genuine riches and not what the Bible describes as filthy lucre or dishonest wealth.  (Titus 1: 11;  1 Timothy 3: 3).

Examples of spiritual riches are faith, hope and charity.  Others are:  patience, wisdom, humility, courage, peace and contentment. When you exercise your gifts, they grow and you will become rich in what matters. When you fail to use your talent, they diminish and atrophy and then die.

Gracious Lord, grant us the grace to be grateful for the gifts You have given us and help us to use them in Your service. Amen.

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Do not grumble against God.

"And the whole community of Israelites began complaining about Moses and Aaron in the desert…." (Exodus 16: 2).

The Journey of Faith is a journey through the desert. This is by the intentional purpose of gracious will of God. Things may get rough and tough on the way. A good principle is never to complain, criticize or condemn. Instead,  take whatever problem to Jesus in prayer. Have I always lived up to this principle? I wish I could answer in the affirmative. But alas, my record here is abysmal. I am not discouraged. I keep working to eliminate complaining, criticizing and condemning from my character.

"O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you. Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily." (Psalm 102: 2-3)

Father Almighty, do not allow us to tempt You in our hearts by demanding the food [things] we crave. When we call, answer us speedily.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

"And the whole community of Israelites began complaining about Moses and Aaron in the desert…." (Exodus 16: 2).

The Journey of Faith is a journey through the desert. Things may get rough and tough on the way. My principle is never to complain, criticize or condemn. Instead, I take whatever problem to Jesus in prayer. Have I always lived up to this declaration? I wish I could answer in the affirmative. But alas, my record here is abysmal. I am not discouraged. I keep working to eliminate complaining, criticizing and condemning from my character.

"O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you. Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily." (Psalm 102: 2-3)

Father Almighty, do not allow us to tempt You in our hearts by demanding the food we crave. When we call, answer us speedily.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

My grace is sufficient for you.

"But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves."  (2 Corinthians 4 : 7 AMP).

"We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us."  (2 Corinthians 4: 7 CEV).

We see here the interplay between human weakness and divine power. The more our weakness, the more God can pour His power into us.
Where do you store [hide] your treasure? Bank, bunker?  God hides His treasure in you and me!

"My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.”  (2 Corinthians 12: 9 GNT).

Today is the feast of St James the Apostle.  Happy feast day to all my friends called James, Jim and Jimmy.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Be calm and watch what the LORD will do for you today.

"Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.” (Exodus 14: 13-14 AMP).

"Cast your care upon the LORD,
who will give you support.
He will never allow
the righteous to stumble."  (Psalm 55: 22).

Since the LORD Himself initiated this Journey, why not cast your cares on Him and watch what He will do for you.  Be calm. Let the LORD be the Actor. You be the spectator.

"Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices."  (St Teresa of Avila).

Salvation is the experience of the profound peace of Christ.  It is deliverance from the distress of fear, worry and doubts.  Salvation comes from Christ alone.  Trust Him.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Mustard Seed is the smallest seed.

"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.  It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches."  (Matthew 13: 31 - 32).

The mustard seed of God's word is alive, potent and sharper than a two-edged sword even if it comes in a tiny form. The origin of Christianity bears witness to this truth. What started very small with a handful of men grew into the biggest shrub. Many "birds of the air" today shelter in its shade. Many women and men make a decent living from this huge shrub. The beginning of a project may be small but if that enterprise is God's will, it will grow.

When Peter and the Apostles were arraigned before the Sanhedrin, Gamaliel, a leading member of the Sanhedrin prophesied: "If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord; but if it does in fact come from God you will be unable to destroy them. " (Acts 5: 38). The history of Christianity proved that the enterprise is from God.

In the parable of the Mustard Seed, savor the truth of of small beginnings. Do not despise small beginnings.   Work of grace in the soul follows the principle of the mustard seed.  Small steps.  Small beginnings.  Silently.  Steady progress.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Tell me, Mary, what did you see on the way?

"The Bride says:
On my bed at night I sought him
whom my heart loves — I sought him but I did not find him.
I will rise then and go about the city;
 in the streets and crossings I will seek Him whom my heart loves."  (Song of Songs 3: 1- 2).

This is the first Reading chosen today for the feast of St Mary Magdalene.  It illustrates the intense love of Mary Magdalene for Jesus.  She sought the dead among the dead and found the Risen Jesus who was waiting for her.  Jesus promised "Seek and you shall find."  ( Matthew 7: 7). Jesus rewarded her by saying to her: 
"Go to my brothers and tell them:
I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."  (John 20:  17).

And Mary responded:
"Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her."  (John 20: 18).

This made Mary Magdalene whose feast we celebrate today both the first person to see Jesus after His Resurrection and the first messenger of the Gospel.

St Mary Magdalene pray for us.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice."  (Matthew 12: 7).

Jesus Christ brought grace and mercy.  Grace is unmerited favor.  Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown to someone who expects or deserves punishment.  Sacrifice is working hard to cancel or eliminate a debt.   "I have done my time in prison. So leave me alone."

Jesus is the Face of Mercy of Abba Father.  Mercy is the name and essence of God the Father revealed to us through His Only Son, Jesus the Christ. The open Heart of Jesus is the symbol and seat of Mercy.  Mercy is promised to all. 

Moses brought the law.  Experience shows that even for the best of us, it is impossible to observe the law perfectly.  Jesus Christ brought grace and mercy. 

"Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy."  (Matthew 5: 7).

Learn about how to be merciful from Jesus. Learn the ABC of Mercy:

A:  Ask for Mercy. 
B:  Be Merciful. 
C:  Completely Trust Jesus for Mercy.

Practice the Spiritual Works of Mercy:

1.Instruct the ignorant
2.Counsel the doubtful
3.Admonish sinners
4.Bear wrongs patiently
5.Forgive offences willingly
6.Comfort the afflicted
7.Pray for the living and the dead

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Come to me with your burdens and I will give you rest.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."  (Matthew 11: 28 - 30)

Gracious invitation from Christ.  But how do we come to Christ?  We come to Christ in prayer, in His word, and especially in the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance. 

What are the labors and burdens that we bring to Christ, the Doctor to heal?  We bring our burdens of sin.  We are overwhelmed with fears, worries and doubts about our health, family, finances, job, tools, food and the future.  We bring all these to Jesus.

How does Christ give us the promised rest?  He cancels our sins and relieves us once and for all from guilt.  Sometimes He heals our bodies and finances.  At other times, He gives us a supernatural perspective from which to view our woes.  You may call this indepth perspective therapy.  People go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France for physical healing.  Many such people receive the indepth perspective therapy and decide to stay in Lourdes to minister to pilgrims sicker than themselves..

What yoke does Christ invite us to take upon ourselves?  The yoke of Christ is the Gospel of Christ.  The yoke of Christ is the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ Himself says that this yoke is both easy and light. John the Apostle says that to keep the commandments is not burdensome. (1 John 5:3). Paul writes of the weight of glory that awaits us after some light suffering.  (Romans 8: 18;  2 Corinthians 4: 17).

"Learn from me," pleads Christ.  Christ is the Teacher and the Lesson.  Learn to be with me.  Learn to be like me.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I WILL BE WITH YOU!

"Now indeed the outcry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen how the Egyptians are oppressing them.  Now, go! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt."  (Exodus 3: 9 - 10).

After over 300 years in slavery in Egypt, God said that He was just noticing the oppression of the Israelites in Egypt.  Seriously?

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts."  (Isaiah 55: 8 - 9).

Moreover, God does not measure time as we do:
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."  (2 Peter 3: 8).

The conversation of God and Moses continues:

"But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  God answered: I will be with you."  (Exodus 3: 11-12).

When God chooses, calls and anoints you for a job, all you need as credential is:  I WILL BE WITH YOU!"

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Monday, July 17, 2017

O that today you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes."  (Matthew 11: 21).

What is it of Bethsaida and Chorazin in your life? Where is the last outpost of resistance in your relationship with Jesus? Let us do a brief examination of conscience with the First Commandment:

#1.  "I am the Lord your God:  You shall have no strange gods before me."

Do I love anybody or anything more than God?

Do I give God time everyday for prayer?  Do I seek to love him with my whole heart?  Have I been involved with superstitious practices?

Have I been involved with the occult?  Do I seek to surrender myself to God’s Word as taught by the Church?  Have I ever received Communion in a state of mortal sin?  Have I deliberately told a lie in Confession or have I withheld a mortal sin from the priest in Confession?

Turn to the Lord in your need and you will live.  (Psalm 69).

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Had the Lord not been with us, our enemies would have swallowed us alive.

"A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt."  (Exodus 1: 8)

A new president... came to power.
A new sheriff.... came to power.
A new manager... came to power.

The above words presage dramatic changes in statusquo.
Israel had grown populous, rich and powerful in Egypt. Now things were about to change.  Had they perhaps forgotten the promise to Abraham? The Promised Land? Wealth and prosperity have their hazards.

"Accordingly, they set supervisors over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor."  (Exodus 1: 11)

God's providence has its special tools for arousing us from deep slumber.

"So the Egyptians began to loathe the Israelites.... reduced the Israelites to cruel slavery,  making life bitter for them with hard labor, at mortar and brick and all kinds of field work—cruelly oppressed in all their labor."  (Exodus 1: 12 - 14).

At last the pilgrims were ready to resume their journey to the Promised Land so that God could fulfill His promises to Abraham.

Where are you today in your Journey of Faith?

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Faith comes from hearing and obeying the word of God.

"My word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it."  (Isaiah 55: 11).

What makes the word of God so potent, so incredibly powerful? We can gain some understanding by asking:  What makes the Name of Jesus so powerful? First the Name Jesus means GOD SAVES. The Name of Jesus accomplishes what it signifies and It signifies what It accomplishes.  The Name Jesus is the power of Jesus, the person of Jesus and the presence of Jesus.

So is the word of God. It is the power of God. God is in His word. Therefore, it never fails!

"But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”  (Matthew 13: 23).

"Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls."  (James 1: 21).

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fear God and give Him glory.

"And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna."  (Matthew 10: 28).

If Bishops fear God as they dread litigation or the IRS, what would the Church be? If priests and religious fear God as they fear traffic tickets, the Church will be growing and bearing more fruits for Jesus. The sad truth is that we all fear those who cannot and do not desire to kill the body but bark.  Why do we fear these people more than we fear the Sovereign LORD?

"Fear God!" (Revelation 14: 7).

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

If they persecute Me, what do you expect?

"When the Spirit of truth comes,
he will guide you to all truth
and remind you of all I told you."  (John 16: 13;  14: 26).

What truth will the Awesome Spirit guide us to?
* The truth about Jesus, who is the Truth, the Way and Life.
*  The truth about His mission on earth, which is to found a Church, the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Pillar and Foundation of truth.

"When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.  For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you."  (Matthew 10: 19-20).

Evangelization comes with Persecution.  If they persecute the Lord Jesus, what do you expect?  (Cf. John 15 : 20).  But do not be afraid.  The Holy Spirit will help you.

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Evangelization comes with persecution. But do not be afraid.

"When the Spirit of truth comes,
he will guide you to all truth
and remind you of all I told you."  (John 16: 13;  14: 26).

What truth will the Awesome Spirit guide us to?
* The truth about Jesus, who is the Truth, the Way and Life.
*  The truth about His mission on earth, which is to found a Church, the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Pillar and Foundation of truth.

"When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.  For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you."  (Matthew 10: 19-20).

Evangelization comes with Persecution.  If they persecute the Lord Jesus, what do you expect?  (Cf. John 15 : 20).  But do not be afraid.  The Holy Spirit will help you.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

God sent a man before them, Joseph sold as a slave.

“I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  But now do not be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for having sold me here. It was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you."  (Genesis 45: 4 - 5).

The Scripture above is one of the most beautiful text in the whole of Sacred Scripture.  Why? It teaches about the great doctrine and mystery of Divine Providence.  The Church defines Divine Providence as:

"Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end."  (CCC 321).

The Providential will of God appears casual and haphazard in its operations.  This makes it difficult to recognize or believe.
The ordinary providence of God constitutes 99.9% of His operations.  This is His modus operandi or simply the way God governs His world.

"You give me bread to feed me, soap to cleanse me, fire to purify me, and a chisel to shape my human form into one worthy of heaven.  You give me everything I need. What I seek elsewhere seeks me out and offers itself to me through all creation." 
(Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ - ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE)

Jean-Pierre de Caussade, an 18th century French Jesuit is one of the leading authorities on Divine Providence.

"O God, whose providence never fails in its design, keep from us, we humbly beseech you, all that might harm us and grant all that works for our good.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."
(Collect Wednesday 9th week of Ordinary Time).

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him to preserve them in spite of famine.

"The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,  and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said."  (Genesis 41: 53 - 54).
"Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians: “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.”  (Genesis 41: 55).

"And one of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine all over the world, and it happened under Claudius."  (Acts 11: 28).

"He called down famine on the land
and destroyed all their supplies of food; and he sent a man before them Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons."  (Psalm 105: 16 - 18).

In the above Scriptures, we look at three scenarios of famine gripping the world.  God never fails to prepare for a solution using His servant. "Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.”  (Genesis 41: 55).

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Monday, July 10, 2017

The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.

Jesus healed a possessed man who was dumb. The crowds were amazed and exclaimed:
 “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”  (Matthew 9: 33).

"Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?"  (Genesis 18: 14)
Our unbelief and doubts place limits on what God can do.

"Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!”  (Mark 9: 23 AMP).

"Then he said to his disciples, “The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers.  Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.”  (Matthew 9: 37 - 38 CEB)

Abba Father, have mercy on the Church and send numerous workers into Your Vineyards.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Know that I am always with you.

"Jacob then made this vow: “If God will be with me and protect me on this journey I am making and give me food to eat and clothes to wear,  and I come back safely to my father’s house, the Lord will be my God."  (Genesis 28: 20 - 21).

God answered Jacob:
"I am with you and will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you."  (Genesis 28: 15).

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is still a faithful God.  What He says He does. Trust Him always and everywhere.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

The Gracious Will of Abba Father reveals to the little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

 “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.  Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will."  (Matthew 11:  25 - 26).

It is the gracious will of Abba Father to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom of God to little ones.  This is how God acts always and everywhere. The "gracious will" of God never fails nor does it change, come what may.

Those who have enjoyed revelation of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God through the gracious will of Abba Father are:  Saints Catherine of Sienna, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux.  These three women are Doctors of the Church.
Others are: Saints Maria Faustina, Teresa of Kolkata.
Mother Mary Angelica deserves a place on this list even though she has not been canonized.  Read her 5 books to judge for yourself the revelations she has enjoyed.

"O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy,
for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."  (Collect 14th Sunday).

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Pour new wine into new wineskins

"People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”  (Matthew 9: 16 - 17).

Do not conform to the world. (Romans 12: 2).

He who follows me must not look back.  (Luke 9: 62).

He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.  (Matthew 10: 37).

The new and potent wine of Jesus must not be mixed with the stale wine of the world.

“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even put a road in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert."  (Isaiah 43: 19 AMP).

Does your daily habits match the new wine of the Gospel? Or are you trying to pour potent and fermenting wine into old rags?

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New wine into new wineskins.

"People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”  (Matthew 9: 16 - 17).

Do not conform to the world. (Romans 12: 2).

He who follows me must not look back.  (Luke 9: 62).

He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.  (Matthew 10: 37).

The new and potent wine of Jesus must not be mixed with the stale wine of the world.

“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even put a road in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert."  (Isaiah 43: 19 AMP).

Does your daily habits match the new wine of the Gospel? Or are you trying to pour potent and fermenting wine into old rags?

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

First Friday in July - Sacred Heart of Jesus.

First Friday in July - Sacred Heart of Jesus:  All over the world, we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus today.

We live today in the Season of Mercy.  "Blessed  are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."  (Matthew 5: 7).

The ABC OF MERCY:
A:  Ask for Mercy.
B:  Be Merciful.
C:  Completely trust Jesus for Mercy.

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Come to Jesus with all your burdens.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) 

We all labor and are heavily burdened with problems of money, health, family, job, cars, etc. Jesus knows us individually and is aware of our situation. He invites us to come to Him to find solution to our many problems. We come to Jesus in the Eucharist. We meet Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. When the Church gathers in prayer in His name, He is there. When we accept the word of God with faith, it changes our lives and our circumstances. 

Prayer for genuine contentment

"My God, in your creation of this world you made all things to be very good. I thank you, Lord, for all the goods of this world, and especially all those who have provided for me and my loved ones. 
But remind me, Lord, that only you are the true Good, and that all earthly goods are but shadows of you. And should I become very attached to any fleeting good, and let it obstruct my love for you, grant me the holy desire to have it taken from me. Through Christ Our Lord, the King of glory who has no pillow to lay his head. Amen." 

LISTEN TO JESUS CHRIST, THE FAITHFUL WITNESS. 

"Set your mind on God's kingdom 
and His justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well. 
So do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself. Each day has troubles 
enough of its own."  (Matthew  6: 33-34)

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Abraham and Mary have a lot in common.

"God put Abraham to the test."  (Genesis 22: 1).

"Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you."  (Genesis 22: 2 - 3).

"Isaac spoke to his father Abraham. “Father!” he said. “Here I am,” he replied. Isaac continued, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”  “My son,” Abraham answered, “God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering.”   (Genesis 22: 7 - 8).

Isaac is a type of Christ.  Through this event and dialogue, God revealed what would happen in the future. In the Eucharistic liturgy, the Church offers to God the gift He provides. God transforms the gift into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ gives this to us. We call this the holy exchange.

"For now I know that you fear God, since you did not withhold from me your son, your only one.” (Genesis 22: 12).

Abraham was ready to sacrifice his only son, the son of promise. But God did not spare His own Son, Jesus. Because of this, Scripture says that God will never deny us anything that is good for us. (Cf Romans 8: 32).

“I swear by my very self—oracle of the Lord—that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your son, your only one,  I will bless you and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore."  (Genesis 22:  16 - 17).

Because of Abraham's Obedience of faith, we inherited unbelievable blessings.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

 “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not fear; God has heard the boy’s voice in this plight of his.  Get up, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand; for I will make of him a great nation.”  Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink."  (Genesis 21:  17 - 19).

"God was with the boy as he grew up."  (Genesis 21: 20).

"This poor one cried out and the lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and he saves them."  (Psalm 34: 7 - 8).

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